In an effort to strengthen ties with African nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to start his four-nation tour from 7 July. During his visit, Modi is expected to visit the infamous Pietermaritzburg railway station in South Africa where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off a train in 1893.
Modi is also scheduled to address two public meetings, the first in Johannesburg in South Africa on 8 July. Senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that at least 10,000 people are expected to be present for the address. The second public meeting will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 10 July, which is expected to be attended by 20,000 people.
“There will be cultural programmes and speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at both the venues. The audience will be Indians living in South Africa and Kenya. We expect a meeting between prime minister and scientists, professors and students who have visited India in the past in Johannesburg,” said Vijay Chauthaiwale, in-charge of foreign affairs cell and overseas friends of the BJP.